Rex Keith WHITE, B.E.M. ( C )
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 7296
Stations: Hay, Wentworth, Wollongong Traffic Sgt ( at least between 1972 – 1976 ), Albury ( 1979 )
Service: From pre 1956? to ?
Awards: The Order of the British Empire – Medal ( Civil ) / British Empire Medal (Civil) – granted 18 December 1956 as a NSW Police Officer – Bravery in rescue from drain.
Born: about 1926
Died on: 5 February 2015
Funeral date: Thursday 12 February 2015 @ 10.30am
Funeral location: Chapel, Lester & Son Funeral Directors, 359 Wantigong St, Nth Albury, NSW
Buried at: Glenmorus Gardens Lawn Cemetery, Union Road, Albury.
Rex Keith WHITE BEM, 89 old, former Regd. No. 7296, an Unattached Veteran Member of the RPA.
Rex passed away on 05/02/2015 and his funeral is proposed to be held at 1030am on Thursday 12th Instant at the Chapel, Lester & Son Funeral Directors, 359 Wantigong Street, NORTH ALBURY.
Rex Keith WHITE
We will miss you. You were a true hero.
Sincere condolences to Gabrielle, Garry, Debbie and their families.
The Patterson family: Olga, Nola, Joy, Alan and families.
TWO MEN DIE IN SEWER
SYDNEY, Sunday: Poisonous fumes in a sewer yesterday killed a workman and a male nurse who went down the sewer shaft to help him.
The two men were Vittorio Chiaruttini, 40, whose wife and family live in Melbourne, and Edward James Markey, 35, the male nurse.
Chiaruttini, works foreman of a sewerage scheme being installed in Hay, went down the sewer shaft and when he did not reappear his workmate went for help.
Markey, a married man with two children, volunteered to go down the sewer.
When he failed to reappear Police Constable White went down the shaft, and at the second attempt managed to get a rope around the bodies of the two men.
The Canberra Times Monday 9 January 1956 page 3 of 6
Mysterious Gas Kills Two In Narrow Tunnel
Two men died yesterday after being overcome by a mysterious gas which filled a narrow tunnel on a new sewerage project at Hay.
They were Victorio Chiaruttuni, 40, foreman, employed by McDonald Construction Co., and Edwin James Markey, 35, a male nurse at Hay Hospital.
Chiaruttuni entered the tunnel on a normal inspection tour and was overcome by the fumes.
Markey heard Chiaruttuni’s cries for help ; and after calling the police, entered the tunnel but was also overcome by the gas.
Constable Rex White, of Hay Police, entered the tunnel with a length of garden hose in his mouth because gas masks were unavailable.
He was semi-conscious and partly paralysed by the gas after rescuing the two men.
The three men were rushed to Hay Hospital, but Chiaruttuni and Markey failed to respond to treatment. Constable White was allowed to leave after treatment.
The Argus ( Melbourne ) Thursday 12 July 1956 page 1 of 22
PETER’S BODY FOUND ON MURRAY SNAG
MILDURA, Wednesday: Police today found the body of seven-year-old Peter Philp in the River Murray.
The boy had been missing from Dareton, N.S.W., since last Friday week.
A post-mortem by the Government medical officer from Wentworth, and medical superintendent at Mildura Hospital last night revealed the boy had died by drowning.
Constables Rex White of Wentworth, and Eric Maurer of Buronga, found Peter’s body snagged against the branch of a submerged tree, about 250 yards from where his clothing was found last Sunday week.
C.I.B. headquarters said last night detectives on the case were satisfied there were no suspicious circumstances. There were no marks of violence on the body.
Peter’s disappearance set off one of the most intensive investigations ever in the area 12 miles from Mildura.
Detectives were puzzled by the fact that Peter vanished at 6.15 p.m. – only 15 minutes before he was due to meet his soldier settler father, Mr. Alf Philp, near the sweet shop the boy had just left.
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